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Lot of positives from India series: Sangakkara

"We have done a lot of hard work though it has not been shown up by the results," said the Lankan wicket-keeper.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2005 19:58 IST

Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara on Friday said the Islanders had drawn many positives from the seven-match series against India in which they have managed only one win so far.

"We are taking a lot of positives from this series. Number one, we have learnt to focus on basics. People like (Farveez) Maharoof have had a baptism by fire (in the form of a rampaging set of Indian batsmen) and I feel he's come through it well," Sangakkara said in a press conference on the eve of Saturday's final game of the rubber.

"The bowlers have also learned a lot of things on what's needed to bowl on these wickets and the variations they need to develop. We have done a lot of hard work though it has not been shown up by the results. Sometimes it (hard work) succeeds and on other occasions it does not," he said.

Sangakkara also sought to play down the news reports from Colombo that the selectors have decided to axe Jayasuriya from the forthcoming three-Test series against India in December, owing to his lack of form.

Jayasuriya has aggregated only 85 runs from 6 innings in the current ODI series.

"A lot of stories have been carried by the newspapers. It's hard to say if there's truth or not. But I know we have not had any such discussions here. After all you can't doubt the class of Sanath who has scored over 10,000 runs in international cricket," he said.

Sangakkara did not confirm whether ace off spinner Muthiah Muralitharan, who did not play in the previous match because of a hamstring strain, would play on Saturday.

"He wants to play. But it depends on how the team management look at it from a longer point of view and whether they feel he needs to be rested to keep him fit for the long season ahead," he said.

Sangakkara said the reason why his team was down 1-5 in the series was because it did not bat, bowl and field well at the same time and played well only in patches.

Sangakkara maintained that despite the reverses the team's morale was up and its focus was also still there.

"The mood in the team has always been good. It's easy to maintain the morale when you are winning, but the real test comes when you are not doing well," he said.

About his own declining form after a great start, Sangakkara said he needed to concentrate on rotating the strike instead of going for big shots that has happened in the last couple of games.

"I know I can improve. I will be happy to get some runs tomorrow. It's important to score as many runs as possible when you are in good form as one doesn't know when you would be out of luck. It's in the interest of the team too," he said.

Sangakkara, while commending the fine display of some of the younger lot of the Indian team for their potential, cautioned that they needed to perform consistently and not in one or two series before a final judgment was passed about them.

First Published: Nov 11, 2005 17:29 IST